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Who Are You Walking With?

Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 13:20 (NIV) Often parents are concerned about the influences on their children.  They try to shield them from television programs, movies and other things they are concerned may be a bad influence.  They want to know where their children are…

Be Engaged

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other… 1 Peter 4:8 (NLT) For an extrovert, it appears easy to connect with others.  Introverts usually appear to keep to themselves and disconnected from the world around them.  But you can’t determine how connected people are just from the outward appearance.  God calls…

Be Present

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them… Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other…When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them… Romans 12:9-10, 13 (NLT) Many times we will greet someone and ask how they are doing.  But we ask out of habit instead…

Be Available

A man who has friends must himself be friendly… Proverbs 18:24 (NKJV) Life can be busy with work, children’s activities, chores at home and working on our spiritual relationship with God. All of these things are important, but we were built to be in relationship with God and others. The best way to establish and…

Known by Love

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 (NIV) It is easy to blend into the world around us.  We could go along with the crowd…

Favor and Obedience

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.…

When Why Comes Before What

You may think everything you do is right, but the Lord judges your motives.  Proverbs 16:2 (GNT) “Why do I desire to do certain things?  What motivates me to think or behave a certain way?  I am a good person, so naturally I would do good things.” We all think we are doing what is right…

Positioning Yourself for God’s Favor

God’s will is for you to be holy.  1 Thessalonians 4:3 (NLT) God cares about WHO you are far more than WHAT you do.  God wants you to be holy. Growing in favor, being positioned to receive God’s favor, happens when we desire to know God and pursue a relationship with Him.  When we know…

Favor Is Not Fair

God saved you by his grace when you believed.  And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.  Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT) There is nothing you and I can do to earn God’s…

Growing in Favor with God

And the Lord said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” Exodus 33:17 (ESV) What exactly is God’s favor?  Favor is often considered grace, mercy, or blessings from God.  It’s also the thing God does for you that fills…

Living Sacrifice

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:1-2 (NIV) It is…

Sacred Trust

. . . . You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) Have you ever loaned something you valued to a friend?  You trusted that they would take good care of it.  You expected that they would treat it as if it…

God’s Temple

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you? 1 Corinthians 6:19 (NIV) We often think that God is around us and that He surrounds us with His love.  But He is not just outside.  God lives in each of us who have chosen to give…

God’s Tools

Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?  1 Corinthians 6:15 (NIV) Every tool has a purpose.  A hammer is meant to embed and remove nails.  A screwdriver is for installing and uninstalling screws.  While some may try to use a screwdriver for nails, using the correct tool for the job…

Treasured

The body is for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. By His power God raised Jesus from the dead, and he will raise us also.  1 Corinthians 6:13-14 (NIV) Many times we take our bodies for granted.  We don’t think of it as the gift that it truly is.  We are capable of…

There Is a Time for Everything

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.  Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV) Think about the weather.  There are different seasons and each season has a purpose.  There can be a time for growth, new life and blossoming.  At other times there is a season of preparation for what is…

Time to Keep On…

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7 (NLT) Many times we give up when things start to get difficult.  We begin to wonder if we will ever get to the other…

Time to Go

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1 (NIV) Abram received directions from God to pack up and go.  God didn’t tell Him where to go but gave him instructions of what to do.  God had a plan…

Time to Fly

But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV) Imagine a calm pond with a warm breeze.  There is a stillness in the air that provides a sense of…

Time to Grow

And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.  Luke 2:52 (NIV) Growth is a natural part of life.  We start as infants and grow over time into adults.  But just because we grow older in years does not guarantee we will grow in other areas of life.  As our…